Based on real life news stories, Big Story featured murder and other violent crime cases from the point of view of a newspaper reporter. A unique and exciting format, Big Story dramatized a different news reporter and their heroic deed each week. According to the ads of the day, this program starred "a reporter who has solved a crime, exposed a corrupt political administration, smashed a racket, or performed some other notable public service. At the end of each program the real news reporter was brought on the air and given a $500 reward by the sponsor of the show, Pall Mall.
Big Story was a great success. It ranked with the top old time radio shows of its day, and in its first year on the air, Big Story even topped the ratings of Bing Crosby's Philco Radio Time. So grab your press pass and start scribbling some notes, because this is one Big Story you won't want to miss! (Please note that some of these rare recordings are of inferior sound quality.)
This series synopsis is courtesy of Jon at www.otrcat.com.
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Pre-2019 OTRR Definitions:
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OTRR Certified Complete -- A series that was "Certified Complete" achieved the highest level of certification available under the OTRR Certified Standards. This certification level implied that all the files in the series were "Certified Accurate" and also indicated that the series was as complete as possible and included all circulating episodes.
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Also, beginning in 2019, the version numbers of our OTRR releases changed format -- instead of v1.0 or v2.1, we are now using a version number that reflects the year and month the set was released. The format used is a two-digit year followed by a two-digit month. For example, "v1906" indicates a set that was released in June 2019, or "v1910" indicates a set released in October 2019.
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February 24, 2018 Subject:
This is preserving history. I am hoping the younger folks will listen to this and try to get a picture of what was going on in the entertainment world back in the old days. I love it. I was born in the 50's and can't get enough! Thanks to all that helped bring this to the public.
August 6, 2017 Subject:
Great. But No "A Hero's Life" Theme
I recall other THE BIG STORY shows that had Richard Strauss's A HERO'S LIFE open for an opening theme. The audio is pretty good. Some shows are muffled, so I have to bring up the mid range to make it clear. So for that, I brought down the rating a bit. Not for the show's content but for audio quality.
April 21, 2016 Subject:
Very interesting program
This is a very interesting program and i spent all evening listening to it. Thanks for uploading these